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PEF Scholarship Program

The Class of 2018 PEF Scholarship Application portal closed for this year on January 24, 2018.

The Petaluma Educational Foundation is honored to manage 65 scholarships for donors who provide the Foundation with clear criteria for selecting recipients. In 2017, we awarded  $208,550 to seniors graduating from all seven Petaluma area high schools, bringing the total to over $3 million awarded since the program’s inception in 1990.

The PEF Scholarship program provides financial awards acknowledging a variety of student accomplishments. Scholarships are given to those attending 4-year colleges, community colleges and vocational programs. Our new online scholarship application portal opens in January each year with applications due in early Spring.  The PEF Scholarship Awards Reception takes place late spring.

Complete list of current PEF Managed Scholarships:

Alan J. Pounds Memorial Scholarship
Alphabet Soup Thrift Store
Arnie Dado Memorial Scholarship
Baldwin, McGaughey & Co. CPA Scholarship
Bruce Sharrow Music Memorial Scholarship
Bug Under Glass Scholarship
Butch Milliron Memorial Athletic Scholarship
Captain John Siembieda Memorial Scholarship
Carmen Scott-Fry Scholarship
Carol Brandner/ ROP Occupations with Children Scholarship
Clarence and Rosilda Rogers Memorial Scholarship
Cleveland-U’ren Teen Mother Scholarship
Collins Fund for English Language Learners Scholarship
Cristian Arango Memorial Scholarship
Dan Caletti Memorial Scholarship
Danielle G. Mendez Memorial Scholarship
Darren K. Hansen Memorial Scholarship
Ed Grossi Memorial Automotive Scholarship
Edwin Kelsey Memorial Scholarship
Ellin Trueblood Scholarship
First Presbyterian Church Alternative Education Scholarship
Francis Casella Wildlife Management Scholarship
Gary Ravani Memorial Scholarship
Gene Benedetti Memorial Scholarship
Grant Elementary School Alumni Scholarship
Harry Kimball Memorial Scholarship
Heather Campbell Sports Medicine
Henris Family Scholarship
Hillcrest Dental Group
Jim Pacciorini Memorial Scholarship
John & Andrea Barella Vocational Scholarships
John and Elrose Lounibos Scholarship
John Ramatici Memorial Scholarship sponsored by Rotary Club of Petaluma
Kim and Bill Jensen – Valley Vista Scholarship
Kiwanis Community Service Scholarship
Lanker-McHugh Scholarship
Larry Johnson Scholarship
Lift Off Scholarship
MacIlvain Academic Honor Roll Scholarship
MacIlvain Family Scholarship
Max Cerini Memorial Scholarship
Maxwell and Doris Decker RN Scholarship
Niels and Amalia Scott Scholarship
Pat Doherty Memorial Scholarship
Pat Steidl Memorial Scholarship
Paul DiGirolamo Memorial Scholarship for Community Service
Peg King & Jeremy King Real Estate Scholarship
Petaluma Orthodontics Science Scholarship
Petaluma Active 20-30 Club Scholarship
Petaluma Area Veterinary Scholarship
Petaluma Hamilton Masonic Lodge Scholarship
Petaluma High School FFA Ag Boosters Scholarship
Petaluma Wildlife Museum Scholarship
Robert Garibaldi Memorial Scholarship
Roger Humphres Scholarship for Military Families
Rotary Club of Petaluma Scholarship
Sarah Wadsworth Memorial Scholarship
Terry C. Smith Memorial Scholarship
The Sweet Zone Scholarship
Torkelson & Associates CPA’s LLP
Trevor Smith Memorial Scholarship
Trey Atkin Memorial Scholarship
Val Richman/Mentor Me Scholarship
Valley Vista PTA/ Nancy Smith Scholarship
Victor L. DeCarli Family Scholarship

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$8,000 Need-Based Scholarship, awarded $2,000 annually and $4,000 Merit-Based Scholarship, awarded $1,000 annually

Four-Year College Scholarship for Academic Excellence and Achievement Application – Apply Online

$5,000, awarded $2,500 annually for two years
This scholarship is available to students entering their junior year of college, actively pursuing a bachelor’s degree in an academic field related to promotional products and expressing an intent to enter the promotional products industry after graduation. The scholarship is renewable for the senior year of college, provided that the student meets the minimum GPA requirement and current employment in the promotional products industry is maintained by the student or parent. The scholarship will be awarded on the basis of GPA, essay, resume, letter of recommendation and optional financial need. Application deadline is March 15.

Chairman’s Scholarship Application – Apply Online

Chairman’s Letter of Recommendation Form (PDF | 57 Kb)

$2,000 Need-Based Scholarship and $1,000 Merit-Based Scholarship

One-Year College Scholarship – Apply Online

Vincent J. Arena Scholarship, Stanley L. Breckenridge Scholarship, Castelli North America Scholarship, Eugene P. Cesario Scholarship, Ted E. Dennison, MAS Scholarship, Maureen and Thomas Dugan Scholarship, Jayne Emoff Miller Scholarship, Fran Ford Scholarship, Gauger Family Scholarship, Glen Holt Scholarship, Helen and Al Mackler and Joseph Alexander Scholarship, George C. Matteson, Jr. Scholarship, Jack and Marty Nadel Scholarship, Janelle Nevins Scholarship, NWPMA Success Scholarship, H. Ted Olson Scholarship, PMANC Campbell M. Brown Memorial Scholarship, PPAChicago Scholarship, PPAS Scholarship, Reciprocity Road Roadie Scholarship, Sam Rosenblum Scholarship, Bill Schmidt, Sr. Scholarship, Paul E. Smith Scholarship, Marvin Spike Scholarship, H.D. Joe Stratton Scholarship, Three Rivers Advertising Specialty Association Scholarship and David Woods Family Scholarship

$1,000 each

These scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who meet all requirements for the One-Year Scholarships. Please complete the application for the Four-Year Scholarships (high school seniors) or One-Year Scholarships (current college students) to be considered for these awards. Application deadline is March 15.


This scholarship will be awarded to a full-time industry employee for undergraduate or graduate level coursework at an accredited college or university. Application deadline is March 15.

Friends of PPMN Scholarship Application – Apply Online